Groundbreaking new research
September 2017 marked the launch of an exciting new research project, “Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession in England & Wales: developing future strategies.”
Prof. Debbie Foster of Cardiff University and independent researcher and photojournalist Dr Natasha Hirst will be undertaking this research, the first of it’s kind. The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (Law Society) have been key partners in the development of the project which aims to co-produce research with disabled legal professionals. We are continuing to seek the involvement of other groups across the legal profession.
Funded by the Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme, the research will be investigating the barriers and solutions for disabled people across the legal profession.
Latest news – interview stage complete
Following a successful series of focus groups and over 55 one-to-one interviews, we are delighted to update you on the progress of the research.
Eight focus groups took place early in 2018 in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham with disabled legal professionals including para-legals, solicitors, barristers, judges, trainees and retirees.
We recently completed the second stage of the project – one to one interviews. These explored individual experiences in more depth. We are currently finalising the analysis of the interviews to draw out the key research themes.
Over the first few weeks of 2019, the report on initial findings of the research will be drafted. A questionnaire will also be developed and disseminated as widely as possible to identify how common certain experiences are for disabled legal professionals.
A Research Reference Group consisting of disabled legal professionals from a diversity of backgrounds have supported us with the ongoing development and implementation of the project.
Thank you to all who have taken part in the interviews and focus groups. Many more have expressed an interest in being involved in other ways. If you haven’t already been in touch and you’d like to be involved, you can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take a look around the website to find out how you can participate and follow the progress of the work.